1. Simon Critchley, The Book of Dead Philosophers (New York: Vintage, 2009) xxx, xvi.
2. This conference was generously funded by The University of Oregon Graduate School, the Center for the Study of Women in Society, the Oregon Humanities Center, The University of Oregon Department of Philosophy, and the Graduate Student Philosophy Club at The University of Oregon. We extend our gratitude to the faculty, staff and graduate students of the UO Philosophy Department, who offered their time, skills, and good will to make this conference happen. Our special thanks to Bonnie Mann, who suggested that the four of us get together and “do something” about our collective interests.
3. This is not to say that there are no philosophical considerations of these phenomena, as we will demonstrate.
4. Conference contributions were submitted by scholars from around the world. The conference also attracted scholars from outside the discipline of philosophy who nonetheless valued our philosophical approach. We were pleased to include work by sociologists, anthropologists, social workers, educators, community activists, historians, clinical and research psychologists, nurses, and obstetricians.
5. Linda Bell, Visions of Women (Clifton, N.J.: Humana Press, 1983), 50.
6. Ibid., 421.
7. Ibid., 422.
8. Claudia Card, “Against Marriage and Motherhood,” Hypatia 11, no. 3 (Summer 1996): 1–23; bell hooks, Feminist Theory from Margin to Center (Boston: South End Press, 1984).